Bessie Smith And Other Influential Black Stars Who Shaped Pop Culture

May 13, 2015  |  

’80s

Young people stayed with a boombox to blast the music of their favorites in the ’80s: Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Eric B and Rakim, and The Sugar Hill Gang. And people all over were obsessed with the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and Prince, whose style and music was studied by fans.Thriller is still the best-selling album of all time, and the music video inspired every artist after the fact to step up their visuals. House music emerged, and Jheri curls were all the rage, as was the Cosby Show, Family Matters, and ANYTHING involving Eddie Murphy, Bo Jackson, and Michael Jordan. They defined the era.

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